A man whose antics at a Westman golf course caused thousands of dollars in damage has community service work to do and some apologies to make.
The judge who sentenced 20-year-old Matthew Tanner in Brandon court on Monday described his behaviour as “ridiculous.”
“This is immature, ridiculous behaviour on your part, Mr. Tanner, you should be ashamed of yourself,” Judge Shauna Hewitt-Michta said.
Tanner and a 15-year-old youth broke into the Hamiota Golf Course in mid-September of 2011.
They broke into nine sheds in search of golf carts with keys left in them. They damaged the doors to the sheds in the process.
Apparently, they managed to find two carts with keys which they took for a joyride on the first fairway where they ran over and broke eight sprinkler heads.
Crown attorney Rich Lonstrup said the duo then used the carts to play “bumper cars” and they also damaged some trees.
In total, they did $3,085 in damage and alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the crime.
About a week later, the youth confessed to police and also implicated Tanner.
Court heard that Tanner is from the Gambler First Nation but has been working in Brandon.
He failed to attend court on Aug. 10, a warrant was issued and he was arrested on Sunday.
In court on Monday, Tanner pleaded guilty to break, enter and theft.
Defence lawyer Philip Sieklicki said that Tanner was so intoxicated at the time of the golf course break-in that he doesn’t remember it.
He took responsibility, nonetheless, based on what his co-accused told police.
Hewitt-Michta imposed a one-year suspended sentence with 75 hours of community service work.
Tanner also has to pay for half the damage done at the golf course and apologize to the victims.
In addition, he was sentenced to a total of two days time served for the charge of failing to attend court and for failing to have his fingerprints taken.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 16, 2012